In Himachal Pradesh many crimes against women go unreported due to pressure from the family and the shame that comes from reporting sexual assault. If someone is sexually assaulted they may be seen as impure which causes them to hide the crime. People may also not believe them or assume it is their fault, which further pressures women to stay silent.
When we began our organization we thought there were no cases of domestic assault and other crimes. However, in the early years of our community mobilization work brought to the light cases of incest, child rape, harassment by brother in-laws and of course a lot of cases of men remarrying, throwing their wives out of the home, taking away male children from the custody of the mother etc.